More details about Valve’s hardware: grapefruit-sized PC chassis revealed

Xi3 Modular Chassis

By on January 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Valve’s Steam Box, which is expected to be in living rooms by 2013, is looking increasingly likely to be housed in an Xi3 Modular Computer Chassis, about the size of a grapefruit (which you can see in the picture, there).

Xi3 is a Utah-based hardware company, and they’ve just dropped a press release which claims Valve has invested in the company for the creation of a “new development stage product designed specifically to support both Steam® and its Big Picture™ mode for residential and LAN party computer gaming on larger high-def screens”.

“Housed in the uniquely shaped, grapefruit-size Xi3® Modular™ Computer chassis, this new development stage product is being showcased this week at the 2013 International CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada in booth #20425 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.”

“Xi3 also announced today it has received an investment from Valve Corporation. Xi3′s new development stage computer game system is also being showcased in Valve’s booth (#25730) at CES 2013. No additional details about Xi3′s new system or Valve’s investment in Xi3 will be released at this time.”

If the press release is true, we should know more about Valve’s hardware — including, hopefully, an official announcement from the company itself — later tonight or tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Source: Kotaku

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This is going to make LANs so much easier.

 

Steambox is looking increasingly like a big bunch of wank.

 

My level of keen is increasing lol.

This is kind of redundant for me though I only just finished putting together my second Gaming PC that its going into the lounge room right next to the TV with a 580 in it.

To play Steam games in Big Picture and play on the PC in the study when my partner is using the TV or I want to play an FPS.

 

I hate these companies that think it’s cool to have a weird looking box. I just want something that will fit below my tv so that my daughter cannot attack it.

 

Reminds me of the Ouya.

 

I hope they can increase the memory because 2gb won’t be enough for the OS and other junk they no doubt want to shove on it. Surprised to find out they are using ddr2 as well :/

 

SO this just streams the media from your pc? What’s the point then?

 

phewcha:
This is going to make LANs so much easier.

I had thought that, but by the time you’ve already lugged a monitor, keyboard and mouse what’s the difference really between this and a tower?

elliotengi:
Steambox is looking increasingly like a big bunch of wank.

still doesn’t get it

 

I’m still not getting it.

I mean, I’m sure Valve have done their research, but I just don’t see the market.

Then again, I don’t see the market for 5 billion iPads either, so it’s probably just me.

Clearly you can’t fit decent hardware into that thing. Homes are full of consoles. PCs are already vastly more powerful. I just don’t see the market. Are there that many people who want to play Half Life and Left 4 Dead on Linux with a controller?

 
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somexspec:
I hope they can increase the memory because 2gb won’t be enough for the OS and other junk they no doubt want to shove on it. Surprised to find out they are using ddr2 as well :/

It is surprising how much Linux can be stripped to the bare essentials and all the unnecessary crud removed when needed to perform a specific task. Heck, even Windows can be streamlined such that it works with limited resources (you don’t think the Xbox consoles has a completely new OS running on them did you?)

 

Never understood the concept behind this, or Big Picture mode for that matter.

I can spend a good 4-500 bucks (probably) on this chunk of metal, plug it into my tv, then proceed to fail horribly at gaming with a controller over the much more intuitive K+M and/or try to precariously balance my Keyboard and mouse on the coffee table – all the while getting less performance than my current PC Gaming Rig.

Sounds fun.

To each there own I guess and who am I to judge….however the day Valve and anyone else starts releasing EXCLUSIVES on this thing only as opposed to PC also is going to be an intersting day.

 

adal:
Reminds me of the Ouya.

I had the same thought…

 

ooshp: I’m still not getting it.
I mean, I’m sure Valve have done their research, but I just don’t see the market.
Then again, I don’t see the market for 5 billion iPads either, so it’s probably just me.
Clearly you can’t fit decent hardware into that thing. Homes are full of consoles. PCs are already vastly more powerful. I just don’t see the market. Are there that many people who want to play Half Life and Left 4 Dead on Linux with a controller?

I feel exactly the same, it seems like a gimmicky little bit of tech that’s MAYBE a minor time saver. I just can’t see how it’s next generation or revolutionary like some people/places are implying.

It’s certainly not what I was expecting when they said they were getting into that part of the market.

 

what would be the point of Valve selling you a desktop gaming PC for your living room in the first place?

I’m not sure what people’s expectations were to be honest

 

NB that’s clearly not what the steambox is about

 

Something that small, seems more of a interconnect between your existing PC with steam loaded, which streams to your TV with a console like interface. Perhaps theres something more to it.. seems alot like nvidia’s new device. I’m sure there’s alot more to it to be honest, and will be interesting to see what it can actually do.

 

stoibs:
the day Valve and anyone else starts releasing EXCLUSIVES on this thing only as opposed to PC also is going to be an intersting day.

That’s the thing, this little tiny confusing (for me) box is actually a pc, as far as I know.

 

kunodiablo,

Oh I know they can be stripped bare but in terms of memory usage today, i still have issues with my 6gb and windows 7 chucking a hissy fit. Admittedly I haven’t cut down on the things I should have though :P

The xbox 360 and ps3 may have only 512mb of ddr3 possibly even more but they also have optical drives and the ability to extend their memory (please correct me here i’d welcome it). I’m not sure consoles work the same way with loading X into memory once X has started but I’m guessing they do.

Now lets take a look at some of the games on steam, there are a lot of games that are specifically designed for PC and not just a port over and with each year that passes more and more of these games are starting to require more and more ram.

By the time this thing lands there is no way 2gb of ddr2 will cover it.

 

Is this the future for PC’s??
Are towers going to be made redundant?

Seems PC’s aren’t going to be PC’s anymore – they’re going to be consoles… unless they plan to make miniature peripherals?? Is the hardware swappable? Like CPU and graphics? That’s the only way I could see this replacing PC’s.

 
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dexterian,

Man that would be cute. Trying to swap out a tiny little video card with your fingers. The RAM would probably require tweezers. :)

 
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